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Dangerous Faith: Growing in God and Service to the World [Paperback]

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Item description for Dangerous Faith: Growing in God and Service to the World by Joel Vestal...

What would happen if God's people lived more simply, prayed with purpose, and demonstrated compassion to a hungry and hurting world? Speaking from personal experiences, Vestal uses facts and stories to expose the human suffering around the globe---and issues a challenge to Christ-followers to become part of the relief. Informative and inspiring! 256 pages, softcover from NavPress.

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In Dangerous Faith , the idea of knowing God and spreading His matchless good news is challenged: Will we simply talk about matters of compassion and justice on behalf of the world’s marginalized people, or will we unite and become part of the Christ-hope and relief that changes the world one life at a time?

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Studio: NavPress
Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1600061974  
ISBN13  9781600061974  

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Challenging and Provoking  Jun 29, 2008
Dangerous Faith: Growing in God and Service to the World written by Christian leader Joel Vestal is an excellent recounting of the many ways God is moving around the world in dangerous and tough places.

Vestal, director of ServLife International, has pulled stories from his vast experiences overseas and weaved in vital truths from the Word of God. His official bio reads:

Joel Vestal has traveled to more than seventy nations, often working to improve living conditions in some of the world's least-developed countries. He has conferred with Mother Teresa, has worked in Sudan during the height of its catastrophic civil war, began reconstruction after the devastating tsunami hit near his home in Thailand, was interrogated by secret police in Cuba, and was part of a team that started the first Christian church in northern India.

So you can imagine he has a lot of great stories, but more importantly he has had a lot of encounters with Christ throughout the world. It is from those encounters where I learned the most from this book. His hope for us the reader is that the book will "leave you ready to risk, step out in faith, and live the adventure called Christianity." (p 17) There are many great quotes and excerpts I'd like to share but that'd take a lot of time and energy that could be better spent reading the book!

One great challenging quote is found on page 35:

The central issue, as I see it, is that our missionary efforts should not be reduced solely to proclamation and evangelism; instead they should focus on whole-life transformational discipleship. After all, we are not commanded to make converts; we are commanded to make disciples. (emphasis original)

He ends each chapter - with names like The Bride is Bigger than you think and Jesus, the Singer from America? - with a set of questions to help guide your thought process or to lead a small group with.

I took several pages of notes while reading Dangerous Faith and would highly recommend that you take a few hours to challenge yourself and your faith.
Be Prepared...  Apr 29, 2008
Be prepared to be shaken with new perspective. Joel writes with such passion and conviction about real life experiences that the readers can't help but be pushed to examine their own experiences. This book is a great, practical tool for living the Gospel in a broken world.
An amazing story of faith.  Apr 8, 2008
This book is a must read for anyone that is considering any mission work. Whether you are want to go to the far reaches of the earth or help those in your community you will be truly inspired by Joel's words. If he is on a plane in the Sudan and meeting Mother Teresa Joel truly follows an dangerous faith!
Relevant Inspiring Motivating Challenging  Mar 20, 2008
Joel Vestal shares just small portraits of what it is like to make a difference in so many varied and needy areas of the world. What touches me most is to hear the valuable nuggets of truth he is learning from people he meets near and far - and how we can directly be involved in the response. In fact, it is Jesus' instruction to us - to BE His followers. Jesus spent time with people - asking them always what it was they were in need of. He valued people - He saw with eyes of compassion and He touched their lives with love and effective actual answers to their needs. Joel lives this - and by reading his book thereby inspires and challenges us to also partake in our destiny on earth. We only have a limited number of days.

I also appreciate the value he highlights of working with our brothers and sisters who are actually in those nations and who can best reach others in their own environment. May we have teachable hearts to learn wisdom from them wherever we go or are involved!

Having participated with Joel in a prior trip - I know first hand that what he shares is a very real actual experience he lives day to day - and a passion he cannot quiet about.

I highly recommend this book. It IS a dangerous faith - demanding our is also at the same time the most fruitful, rewarding and fulfilling endeavors to live for. May you be inspired to action as I am by this book.
The "two-handed" gospel  Feb 11, 2008
I appreciate Joel Vestal's approach to Christian serving and mission. He neither goes to the extreme of only social justice nor merely just sharing the verbal gospel - he shares through personal experience both sides. The chapter on justice was especially poignant and powerful detailing the journey of helping those involved in human trafficking and slavery. Not only does it give practicals on what Christians can do, put it also shows how we can prevent such grievous crimes in humanity. I highly recommend this book for Christians who want to really live out their faith.

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